Before you start building your conservatory, there are a couple of things to be aware of. The legislation is basically split into two categories: planning permission and building regulations. To sum them up, planning permission is concerned with the way the construction of your building affects the surrounding area, whereas building regulations ensures the immediate health and safety of people in the constructions themselves. This week, we’re taking a closer look at building regulations.

Conservatories were originally invented by the Romans, who used them to look after exotic plants and fruits. (Conservato means to store and preserve, while ory means ‘a place for’.) Today around 1 in 5 households in Britain now have one, and they’ve evolved into structures with a far more diverse range of purposes – which goes some way to explaining why it’s becoming so popular to buy conservatories in Blackburn and Darwen.